COLUMBUS, Ind. — Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an Edinburgh man who was fleeing from Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies and died after collapsing during the incident.
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies went to a suspicious vehicle call at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 5100 block of North County Road 250W, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.
Deputies found a white 1996 Dodge van, and while it was being followed, it suddenly stopped, Wheeles said.
A backseat passenger, later identified as Robert A. Quick, 44, Edinburgh, left the vehicle and fled on foot , Wheeles said. Quick then entered the Driftwood River and swam across to the opposite side while being pursued by one of the deputies. Upon reaching the opposite side of the river, Quick began having medical difficulties and collapsed, Wheeles said.
The deputy soon made it across the river and located Quick, who was unresponsive, Wheeles said. Quick was soon transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, Wheeles said. Quick was pronounced dead by Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher.
It was later determined that Quick was wanted on multiple warrants out of Johnson and Bartholomew Counties.
An autopsy on Quick is scheduled for Wednesday at Columbus Regional Hospital. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.
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